Shark and cage
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Great white shark hunt

Shark and cage
Divers in cages watch a great white shark off the shore of Guadalupe Island, a 22-mile-long volcanic land mass 150 miles west of Baja California. The island has emerged in the last five years as perhaps the world’s premier destination for diving with especially large great white sharks. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Island approach
It takes 20 hours by boat from Ensenada to reach Guadalupe Island. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Cages
The crew of the Nautilus Explorer prepares to put diving cages into the water. Outfitters charge up to $3,000 per person for a five-day excursion, which includes three days of diving. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Bait
Sten “the Viking” Johansson, a crew member on the Nautilus Explorer, throws tuna into the water to attract great white sharks off Guadalupe Island. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Goggles
Cathy Church, a photography instructor from Grand Cayman Island, prepares her mask before diving with great white sharks. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Boat
The Nautilus Explorer is a 116-foot vessel with four large cages secured to the deck. The cages are lowered into the water with divers. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Watching
“Scuba Joe” Gonzales, a member of the Nautilus Explorer crew, monitors divers in a cage. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Shark
A great white shark off Guadalupe Island. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Helping hand
Underwater photographer Kelly Kirlin is helped out of a cage after a dive. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Spa
Passengers on the Nautilus Explorer relax in a hot tub after a day of diving with great white sharks off Guadalupe Island. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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